|July 6, 2017 City Council Regular Meeting (Amended July 5, 2017)|
Motion to Approve Resolution Accepting the Short-term Vacation Rental Report
In early 2017, the City launched a process to address concerns about the growing short-term vacation rental industry’s impact on residents and the community. The goal was to examine the use, identify issues, and propose mutually agreed upon revisions to the existing regulations. The process did not focus on expanding the use, nor did it focus on the rental of a bedroom in an owner-occupied home, referred to as a bed and breakfast homestay. It only considered the rental of an entire dwelling unit in the areas where the use is currently permitted.
Individual meetings were held with stakeholders to include the Downtown Neighborhood Association, Victorian Neighborhood Association and Mid-City District. Additional meetings were held with Share Savannah, which represents five local short-term vacation rental management companies; Short-Term Vacation Rental Owners Association; Tourism Leadership Council and Expedia/HomeAway. Meetings were also held with concerned citizens about possible changes to the regulations.
In May and June, eight public meetings were held with representatives from the stakeholder groups and citizens with a total of 333 persons participating.
Based on feedback from stakeholders, the City broke down the use into two key areas:
The report outlines the proposed revisions to the zoning ordinance and regulatory code for the short-term vacation rentals based on the feedback gathered during the review process.
Recommendations are as follows:
– Maximum occupancy and off-street parking location
– Post exemplar rental agreement in short-term vacation rental property
Growth Management Strategies
(Note staff has requested that the attorneys involved with deliberations provide a proposal as to the method of quantification as well as discussion on the legal defensibility of imposing a cap. These reports must be vetted by the City Attorney’s Office prior to moving forward with this particular recommendation.)
Best practices are also part of the recommendations and include: creating additional guidelines for best practices and provided to property owners and rental managers during application process; developing an online form for property owners and rental agents to report complaints; posting information on the exemplar rental agreement on the City’s website; and creating a brochure for residents about short-term vacation rentals.
The goal is to provide revisions to Chapter 11, Short-term Vacation Rentals, to City Council as a First Reading on July 20, 2017, with Second Reading to be held August 17, 2017. The City will work with stakeholders to establish best practices, post an online complaint form, add information on the exemplar rental agreement on the City’s website and create a neighborhood brochure by August 4.
As the growth management recommendations require amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, the following timeline is proposed for these revisions based on consideration by MPC and City Council:
Bridget Lidy, Tourism Management and Ambassadorship Director
Short-term Vacation Rental Report.pdf
Attachment A. Short-term Vacation Rental Zoning Bulletin.pdf
Attachment B. Short-term Rental Ordinance.pdf
Attachment C. Short-term Vacation Rental Application.pdf
Attachment D. National Trust for Historic Preservation Statment on Short-term Vacation Rentals.pdf
Attachment E. Revisions to the Short-term Vacation Rental Ordinance.pdf
Attachment G. Memorandum to City Council Preliminary STVR Regulation Revisions and Stakeholder Comments.pdf
Attachment H. STVR Maps and Data.pdf
Attachment F. Short-term Vacaton Rental Regulations from Other Communities.pdf